In times of intense change, I’ve turned to art making as my panacea. Whether an overt trauma or a major life shift, abstraction helps me transform chaos into personal growth. My newest book and current work in progress explores the concept in depth.
A cataclysmic car wreck in my 20’s induced my first foray into abstract photography. The mortality and human frailty I grappled with simply could not be expressed in either words or realism, which had previously been an answer for me.
Later, right after finishing my Master’s degree in New York City, my life took an abrupt turn when I became pregnant with my son. Contemplating motherhood and watching my body change beyond my control was a scary time, and I found expression for all the momentous upheaval in my first pure abstract paintings.
As a new mother, I met countless women who encouraged their children in art making, yet shied away from it themselves. And this was a demographic who surely would benefit from the therapeutic nature of painting! So, I began to develop methods of working that could be of benefit to anyone–very different from my classical training in art school.
Staring at a blank white page can be more than daunting for anyone and inspiration seems far in the distance when you most need healing, so I’ve focused on methods to get through that feeling and let the art flow no matter what the emotional landscape.
The result has been incredibly healing for me–the perfect way to release pain and fear, and to reorient myself for future happiness. In my newest book, I’m sharing that experience and teaching others how to find a path towards healing and self-discovery.
My son is the perfect guinea pig. If it passes his test for fun and ease, I know I’m reaching an audience beyond the esoteric art world that became ingrained in me for so long.
This art making is about experimenting and letting the materials do their magic. Self awareness arises by examining your own choices in relation to the resulting work.